When acupuncture and pressure are combined as a technique in relieving pain or discomfort, it is termed as Acupressure which originally came from China. Using the hands, elbows or other equipment, the practitioner applies pressure to points used also in acupuncture which is basically aimed at relieving pain or discomfort.
Additionally, what are frequently used in acupressure are the fingertips and the knuckles. After localizing the pain site by careful probing, pressure is applied to the area for 15 to 30 seconds. The reverse point of this area should be found on the other half of the body and again pressure applied for 15 to 30 seconds. Only relief should be felt after applying the pressure. At no time should you experience any pain during an acupressure treatment. If there is any pain noted, the treatment should be stopped immediately. Likewise, it must be noted too that there are minimal side effects of acupressure. One of the most common slight discomfort is a light sore feeling on the area where pressure was applied. In some instances a minor and short-lived lightheadedness may be felt.
The theory behind the practice of acupressure is the belief that the body is composed of energy current travelling across an invisible path known as meridians which they posits has a certain linkage to the different body organs. That whenever these pathways are blocked, it may bring about the development or occurrence of a certain disease. Hence, the pressure applied in acupressure lies on these meridians to unblock them which consequently stimulates the release of endorphins(these are natural pain relievers in the body), thus, with acupressure, pain will be relieved. Aside from the release of endorphins which soothes pain, it is also believe that there is an improved blood circulation once pressure is applied in the area. On top of that, muscles are also relaxed.
Basically, the technique is known to balance the body, relieve pain symptoms, and increase overall good health. By reducing the tension along with its other effects, acupressure helps to promote good health and make the body less vulnerable to disease. Acupressure can be done by someone else, but you can also practice acupressure on yourself. Different points in the body, when pressed on, will offer an energy healing capability. Some of the body ailments where acupressure proved to be effective are nausea, menstrual cramping, headache, muscle tension, fatigue, vomiting, pain, and motion sickness, as well as other discomforting symptoms.
Acupressure is by no means a substitute for medical care. You should always seek your physician’s advice before pursuing any type of alternative treatment such as this.